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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' (m)

tawhiwhi 'Silver Sheen'

'Silver Sheen' is a columnar, fairly open-growing large shrub or small tree, up to 5m high, with dark reddish-purple stems, and very small, pale green ovate leaves with a greyish-silver sheen. Male, scented, dark brown-maroon flowers appear in late spring or early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Red Brown Red Green Grey Silver
Summer Purple Red Brown Red Green Grey Silver
Autumn Purple Red Green Grey Silver
Winter Purple Red Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Pittosporaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun - will grow in partial shade, but the leaves will be most colourful and wood will ripen better in an open sunny position. Grow in the open in milder areas and in coastal gardens with shelter from the worst cold, drying winds, while in colder gardens grow in a sheltered position such as a south- or west-facing wall, and protect roots in winter with a deep dry mulch

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe basal cuttings in summer, by basal hardwood cuttings in late autumn, or by layering or air layering in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1; if grown as a hedge, trim in spring and midsummer

Pests

May be affected by pittosporum sucker

Diseases

May be affected by leaf spot and powdery mildews

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